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· Attn: Republican Precinct Committeemen Of Maricopa County : The Call letter for the Maricopa County Republican Committee Statutory Meeting has been sent out with the ARIZONA REPUBLICAN PARTY return address as in the previous year. Please look for this in your mail. (We pay the State party for the bulk rate postage they have in place as this is a savings to the MCRC ,as a courtesy from the AZGOP) Thank you --April Riggins. 1 st Vice Chairman. Maricopa County Republican Committee.
· Attention MCRC and AZGOP Officer Candidates: Briefs will be posting reader submitted questions for the candidates who are running for election as MCRC and AZGOP officers at the Mandatory January meetings. Officer candidates are asked to respond in 300 words or less. Candidate answers will be posted in the “What The Candidates Are Saying” section. Please keep to the issues. Respond to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
1. What are your qualifications to serve in the position you are running for?
2. What are your goals, if elected?
3. Arizona was one of only four states not to achieve an increase in Republican Legislators in 2014 despite the Republican wave across the nation. How do you plan to get more AZ Republican legislators elected?
4. Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30% in the past two years. How do you plan to increase the PC count?
5. How would you go about closing the Primary to allow only GOP voters to vote? And what resources (funds, manpower) would you use to close primaries?
6. Are you for or against amnesty?
7. How do you feel about “dark money” coming into AZ to influence elections?
· Congresswoman-Elect Martha McSally joined Chris Wallace on Fox News today to talk about the need for bipartisan solutions in Washington and her priorities representing the people of Southern Arizona. McSally will be sworn in as a Member of Congress on Tues, Jan 6. See interview HERE.
· Congressman Paul Gosar: As you know our nation has sent a message to DC with two historic wave elections. Our leadership in DC should be bold and determined. We need openness. We need fortitude. We do not need more status quo. We do not need mindless spending bills with no reforms attached. We do not need $1 allowed for the President to enact amnesty. I welcome my colleagues Louie Gohmert and Ted Yoho in the race for House leadership. I will be supporting the effort to instill firmness and discipline in our House and let the people know we have heard them.
· Corporation Commission Bob Stump: Each of us at the Commission is looking forward to welcoming Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to opening-day festivities tomorrow morning. She'll be swearing-in Arizona's two new commissioners, Doug Little and Tom Forese, as they take their oath of office!
· Activist Laddie Shane On Outgoing Gov Jan Brewer: “No matter what you thought about her politics, you have to admire her leadership and dedication. A mom that started on a school board went all the way to the #AZGov office. Thank you for your service Governor Brewer!”
· WJ’s ‘Best Of The Week’ Pick: Sources: Sen-McCain-Spent-2014-Attacking-Tea-Party-Behind-Scenes B. Christopher Agee
· McCain’s Revenge: related stories listed at 1-3-15-mcrc-briefs.html
· Former Sen Thayer Verschoor: I urge you to show up in person for a public comment session and let SRP know it's time to end the subsidies that non-solar customers are paying for those who use solar rooftop customers, SRP's proposed rate amendments will continue net metering on a basis that more accurately compensates owners of rooftop systems with market-based prices. The owners of rooftop systems will pay for their share of grid costs though fixed charges and a “demand” charge that varies depending on the customers usage over peak periods. This rate design better aligns prices with the true costs of the service and sends price signals that empower customers to modify their power usage and reduce their electric bills. In this way, SRP is responding to technological advances that will provide opportunities for SRP to serve all its customers. You have two opportunities to make your voice heard in January:
ü Jan 5 – 6:30 pm, Southeast Regional Library, 775 N Greenfield Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234
ü Jan 8 - 6:30 pm, Glendale High School, 6216 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301January 5, 2015, 6:30-9pm.
· The Yavapai County Republican Committee’s Registration and Credentials Committee Class is scheduled from 2-4 pm, Jan 7 at the YCRC office conference room, 112B E. Union St., Prescott, AZ. Contact: 928-776-4500
· The Yavapai Republican Men's Forum meets at 11:30 am, Jan 12 at the St. Michael's Hotel Ballroom, 205 W. Gurley St., Prescott to hear Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher and former Secret Service Agent Wayne Meddaugh. $18 per person. Reservation deadline noon, Thurs., Jan 8. RSVP: Bob Luzius at (928) 717-2551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Highway 69 Republicans will meet at 6 pm., Jan 12 at the Puerta Vallarta Restaurant, 11901 E. Hwy 69, Dewey. Social hour 5 pm., RSVP with June at (928) 632-4661
· The Mingus Mountain Republican Club will meet at 11:15 am, Jan 13 the VFW Post #7400, 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood, AZ. $11 per person. RSVP with Niles Haton (928) 649-1643 or Mingus_Mountain@hotmail.com
· AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham has announced that Mon., Jan 12 is the deadline for submitting nominations for awards to be presented at the Jan. 23 Chairman’s Banquet. One nomination submission allowed per LD/County. Julia Graham is the Awards Committee Chairman.
WHAT CANDIDATES ARE SAYING:
· Andrew Costantzo, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate – Response to question #2: What are your goals, if elected? Should I be elected Second Vice Chair of the MCRC my goals would be the same goals I currently practice.
1 – Help elect Constitutional conservative Republicans who follow the Party platform.
2 – Recruit Constitutional conservative Precinct Committeeman.
3 – Outreach to Hispanic and African American voters.
4 – Improved communication and coordination between the respective candidates, LDs and clubs.
5 – Focus on strategic implementation, not just on the tactical. Better planning archives better results.
6 – Be mindful that we are a bottom up organization, remembering that I serve the PCs. -- Andrew Costanzo, MCRC Second Vice Chair Candidate 480 677-0697.
· Arthur Olivas, Jr., MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate – Response to question #2: What are your goals, if elected? The Republican Party is lacking in active Black and Hispanic members. We need to correct this. We have seen this at all LD, County, State, and Mandatory Meetings. We need to walk our LDs and recruit Republicans of all colors. Now more than ever we need their strength to recoup our country – from our enemies, foreign or domestic. Illegals from all over the world are coming across our southern open border. I know Tom Morrissey, a retired United State Marshal, will support me on this. I also thank God for the Conservative Grassroots Leadership A.J. LaFaro gave us at MCRC. If elected I will follow in his footsteps. God will help us protect America - if, and I mean if - we fight to keep America Free! The only rights we have are the ones we fight for!! A vote for me will work for you. – Arthur Olivas
· Tom Morrissey, MCRC Chairman candidate - Response to the Qusestion #1. “What qualifications do you bring to the position of the MCRC Chair?” I am running for MCRC Chairman because I am a proven leader, who has already led the party at the state level through a tough, but successful election cycle. I will bring my lifelong commitment and work ethic to the Party. I have a wide base of support and the ability to attract and retain the very best of our members to put into place the necessary mechanism needed to win the upcoming elections. I have been told by many folks that I have a reputation for being fair minded and sensitive to all members of our party and to the community at large. Leadership is a glorious thing when all is going well, but a great challenge when there is turmoil within the organization. We experienced unprecedented challenges during my term as Chairman of the AZ GOP and yet the party remained strong and viable and we won a great and historic victory in November of 2012. I want to bring this experience and ability to lead during the upcoming presidential cycle in the elections of 2012 to the MCRC. I offer my experience, team spirit and energy to this leadership position at a time when we will need it most. This election cycle is our chance to right the many wrongs currently in place. We can do this if we all work together. – Tom Morrissey
· Andrew Costantzo, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate – Response to question #3: Arizona was one of only four states not to achieve an increase in Republican Legislators in 2014 despite the Republican wave across the nation. How do you plan to get more AZ Republican legislators elected? Due to the gerrymandering of the so called “independent redistricting commission” it is easy to perceive that the number of Republican and Democrat Legislatures at the district level are fixed. This is not necessarily true. What is true is that if you are a Republican in a heavily populated Democrat district you may get discouraged about the voting process. In so much as you never win, why should you bother voting?, thus creating a vicious cycle. We need to give these disenchanted Republican voters a reason to justify the importance of their vote. The Maricopa County GOTV volunteers in the CD 3 race helped provide some needed motivation by including our mission statement along with the candidate and proposition literature which we distributed in the 2014 election cycle. We informed these Republicans that they can win. We informed them that the Republican Party is alive and well in their district and we let them know that they could join us. On January 9, 2015 Richard Hopkins will be sworn in as a Republican Representative from LD 4, a district which happens to have a 2 to 1 Democrat voter registration advantage. We now have tangible evidence which we can present to discouraged Republican voters – they can win!
-- Andrew Costanzo, MCRC Second Vice Chair Candidate 480 677-0697
· Andrew Costantzo, MCRC 2nd Vice-Chair Candidate – Response to question #4: Precinct Committeeman numbers have DECLINED 30% in the past two years. How do you plan to increase the PC count? Recruit, recruit, recruit. There is a lot of low hanging fruit ready to be picked. Reach out to members of Republican clubs. Set up booths at rallies (at one pro 2nd amendment rally, Dan Schultz and I recruited 17 new PCs, one of whom is now the Second Vice Chair of my LD 27). I try to keep my eyes and ears open while canvassing. Look for patriotic symbols and likeminded bumper stickers; these are good clues for potential recruits. When a Republican or a potential Republican informs me that they are dissatisfied with the Republican Party because it is too weak, I point out to them that they can only fix the problems from the inside. I collect email addresses and contact information, invite interested Republicans to their LD meeting, and maintain contact. No one person or team will be able to build our ranks alone, this is a team effort and I am happy to pass along some of the recruitment “tricks” I have learned. I have had some very wise mentors. -- Andrew Costanzo, MCRC Second Vice Chair Candidate 480 677-0697
CALENDAR OF EVENTS.
MONDAY, JANUARY 5
· The Arizona Corporation Commission will meet at 9 a.m, Mon., Jan 5. See notice/agenda Special Open Meeting.
· Motivational Speaker Ray Sweeney, who also chairs the GOP Resolutions Committee, will address the Arizona Project at 6:30 pm., Jan 5 at 3375 E Shea Blvd, Phx. Contact: Ron Ludders 602-677-1496 email@example.com
· The 2015 Arizona Inauguration Ceremony is scheduled at 11 am, Jan. 5 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. To reserve a ticket, click here. You must present your downloaded or printed tickets at the gate to enter the event.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 6
· The Surprise Tea Party will meet at 6:30 Pm, Tues., Jan 6 to view “The Border States Of America” and be updated by Sen Judy Burges on the upcoming session. The meeting is scheduled in the Grand Canyon Room of the Sun City West Foundation Plaza, 14465 W R H Johnson Blvd. Sun City West, AZ 85375. The group has meetings scheduled for Jan 20, Feb 3 And 17. Contact: Newsletter@Surpriseteapartypatriots.Com
· Legislative Districts 17, 16, 18, 25, 12, and 26 are hosting a forum for the Arizona Republican Party Count and State Board candidates7 pm, in the main building auditorium of the Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286. Candidate participants for the
AZGOP Board include:
ü Chair: Robert Graham and Lori Urban
ü 1st Vice-Chair: AJ LaFaro and Parralee Schneider
ü 2nd Vice-Chair: Gabby Mercer and Jeni White
ü Secretary: Lynne Breyer and Linda White
MCRC Candidates include:
ü Chairman: Tyler Boyer, Tom Morrissey, Lisa Gray
ü Candidates for other Board positions: Aaron Borders, Andrew Costanzo, Matt Eberle, David Ludwig, Pat Oldroyd, Art Olivas, April Riggins and Jeni White
If you are a precinct committeeman from Maricopa County or a State Committeeman from anywhere in the state, this is a great way to learn about these candidates. Contact: Chr Shadow Asgari firstname.lastname@example.org
· The 114th Congress will convene on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
· The Yavapai County GOP Executive Committee will resume meeting on Tues., Jan. 6 at 5:30 pm in the Conference Room, Republican Headquarters, 112B E. Union St., Prescott, AZ
· The Pima County Republican Club Luncheon is scheduled at 11:30 am., Tues., Jan 6, 2015 at the Sabbar Shrine Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd, Tucson.
· The Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots will meet at 6:30 pm., Tues., Jan. 6 to hear former Sen. Russell Pearce at the Anthem Civic Bldg, 3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem. They will be introducing a special project to support Police Officers as well as other law enforcement members. January will be a wear a "Blue Ribbon" and give any officer a hand written "Thank You" note from the Tea Party, according to Chairman Vera Anderson. Contact: 602-821-4675 or email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7
· The Saddlebrooke Republican Club presents Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles on Jan 7 (1st Wed) at the Mountain View Club House, East Ballroom In Saddlebrooke. Doors open at 3:45pm; Event Commences At 4:15pm. Voyles Is Addressing “A New Respect For The Crime Victims.” Under Voyles Pinal County Victim Services advocates for the victims of crime. Victim compensation provides a range of services including loss of wages and medical care. They also include victim restitution, keeping the victim up to date on each stage of the trial, and elder abuse oversight. Voyles has just implemented a new program that assists the victims of rape and sexual crimes against kids. Contact: Neil MacDonald, VP Communications, Saddlebrooke Republican Club, 520 825 4361 Houseboats@Msn.Com
· A Reception For LD25 Sen Steve Pierce Of Payson is scheduled 5 pm., Wed., Jan 7 at the CIBO Carrage House, 603 N. 5th Ave., Phx. Suggested contribution $150. RSVP to Amilyn Pierce firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-708-8980.
· Freedom Fires Live, the East Valley Tea Party and the Red Mountain Patriots will have a joint meeting at 7 pm, Wed., Jan 7 at Faith Christian School, 7464 E Main St., Mesa., to hear Constitutionalist Shane Krauser. Directions: Click Here Cost: $2.50 (17 and under are free)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8
· LD23 Will Meet Thurs., Jan 8 At The Mustang Library, 90th St. (S of Shea Blvd), Scottsdale to hear Sen-elect John Kavanagh, Rep Michelle Ugenti and Rep – elect Jay Lawrence. 6:30- pm sign in. 7 pm mtg. A prayer meeting will be held in the 6 pm in the auditorium, for those interested. Contact: Chairman Jim O’Connor : www.ld23gop.org 602-538-9387.
· The Central Republican Women of Phoenix will meet at 5:30 pm for social hour, Jan 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N. Central Ave., Phx. 6:15 pm dinner/meeting. $22 per person. Speakers: Incumbent AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham and challenger Lori Urban. Reservations: Tina Shaw at email@example.com or 623-934-9730 no later than Sun, Jan 4th. A reservation made is a reservation paid. Cancellation deadline is Sun, Jan 4th to avoid being charged.
The Colorado River Tea Party plans a round table discussion at noon, Thur., Jan 8 at the Community Christian Church, 6480 E. Hwy 95. (last building behind church. www.coloradoriverteaparty.org
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9
· The Grande Valley Republican Women will meet at 9 am., Fri., Jan 9 to hear Arizona Director Americans for Prosperity Tom Jenney discuss the “Friend of the Tax Payer” legislative scorecard. $7.50 per person. Check in at 8:30 am. Reservations: contact Glenda Bird at 520.858.2792 or firstname.lastname@example.org. by Wed, Jan 7.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
· A Victory Celebration Reception For Attorney General-Elect Mark Brnovich is scheduled at 6:30 pm, Sat., Jan. 10 at St. Sava Church Reception Hall, 4436 E. McKinley St., Phoenix. Food, drink and live music. RSVP: Mark@Mark4AZ.com
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